Loralie Shackelford, 94, Osage City: Nov. 22, 1926 – Nov. 28, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Loralie Shackelford, 94, of Osage City, Kan., passed away Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan., due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Loralie Oelke was born Nov. 22, 1926, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Lester and Minnie (Holmes) Oelke.

She married Marion Eugene Freed and later divorced. Loralie married Robert Shackelford, Oct. 15, 1950, in Kansas City, and they moved to Osage City, where she raised her children and lived the rest of her life. She had worked in production at Hallmark Cards, Osage City.

Loralie was a member of the Countryside Baptist Church, Osage City. She was well known in the Osage City church and community for her devotion to God, family, and community. She volunteered her time and efforts in many community things, including Boy Scouts den mother, Girl Scouts leader, Junior Grange leader, Red Cross CPR teacher, board of the International Association of Rebekah Assemblies, board of the East Central Kansas Agency on Aging, and board of the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature. She belonged to the Motor Maids of America and was very proud of her accomplishments of traveling on her motorcycle through all of North America.

She will be forever remembered by her children, Ronald (Deborah) Freed, of El Dorado, Kan., Carolyn Norwood, Topeka, Linda (Jim) Hollenbeck, Merriam, Kan., and Wayne Shackelford, Osage City; a brother, Bruce Oelke, Osage City; and six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Loralie was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; parents; two grandchildren, Bradley Hollenbeck and Melanie Hollenbeck Kroh; and three brothers, Morton, Phil and Jim Oelke.

A family funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at the Countryside Baptist Church, 24608 W Highway K170, Osage City. Burial will follow the service at the Osage City Cemetery. A visitation will be held an hour before service at the church. Due to Covid-19, the service will be live streamed for friends and family on the VanArsdale Funeral Service Facebook page.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Osage County Senior Center or Countryside Baptist Church and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523. See vanarsdalefs.com.

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